Nov 23, 2017 - 2:12 PM
in reply to Wander
This is a whale of a trek! I have done both several times, but in one day?? I assume you are based in Grindelwald. If so, then you can do the first leg from Grindelwald to the Rosenlaui Hotel, not Schwarzwalsalp, cross the road and enter the Wanderweg toward the glacier gorge. It is an hour or so before you are in the gorge. Years ago, you could see the glacier from this point, but with the recession of glaciers nowadays, I suspect it would be another hour's hike over scree and sometimes snow fields before you were in camera range of ice. The hike may not be well marked. One time, we took a wrong turn and were headed toward the Engelhörner until we made a back track. Best advice is to bear right at any divided path. That trek, with return to the postal bus stop, and return to Meiringen will make anyone's full day.
On another day, the postal bus will take you to the rail funicular near Hardeck that takes you up to the Gelmersee. Once there, you can do an easy walk around the lake and return via the funicular and bus to Meiringen.
Take two days for these trips. Both are spectacular and great hikes. Pack food and drink for both. Be aware that snow will be present at both areas until at least the early June dates.
Two ideas: One, do this in two days. Two, do these trips as late as possible in June.